>> A man and a woman in the UK are in critical condition after being poisoned with the same nerve agent that struck down former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. That confirmation coming late Wednesday from Neil Basu, Britain's most senior counter terrorism officer.>> This evening, I've received test results from Porton Down that show that the two people had been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.
>> The couple, who have not yet been identified, were hospitalized after being found sick on Saturday in Amesbury, just a few miles from Salisbury, where Scripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked. Officials initially believed they'd suffered from a bad reaction to heroin or cocaine. And police didn't raise the emergency level until late Tuesday night.
UK counter terrorism police are now leading the investigation, though Basu said, it was unclear how the two people came into contact with the nerve agent, or whether they had been specifically targeted.>> I appreciate there will be a great deal of speculation as to whether this incident is linked to those events in Salisbury in March this year.
However, I must say that we are not in a position to say whether the nerve agent was from the same batch that the Scripals were exposed to.>> Meanwhile, police have cordoned off at least five different areas, including a park and a property in Salisbury, and a pharmacy, and a Baptist church community center in Amesbury.
But health chiefs say the risk to the public was low.