British police have confirmed that two people critically ill in hospital in southern England have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok - the same substance that poisoned a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this year.
Amesbury is located 11 kilometres north of Salisbury, where former Russian Federation spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found slumped unconscious on a bench on March 4.
After spending weeks in critical condition, the Skripals slowly got better. And Sergei Zheleznyak, deputy speaker of the State Duma, offered a novel theory for the new poisoning claims: British people who traveled to Russian Federation for the World Cup are developing "really positive emotions" about Russian Federation and the British government is doing whatever it can to remind them that the Kremlin is bad.
"The Novichok gel that was smeared on the handle of the Skripals' house was presumably transported in some device or syringe", he said.
Health officials advise anyone who visited the cordoned-off sites between 10pm on Friday and 6.30pm on Saturday to wash any clothes and clean any other items they had with them as a precaution.
"The priority for the investigation team now is to establish how these two people have come into contact with this nerve agent", Basu said. They were released from the hospital and have been taken to an undisclosed location for their protection.
United Kingdom police said they could not rule out more people falling ill as a result of contact with the nerve agent apparently left over from the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
The two men returned to the flat and planned to visit the hospital but Mr Rowley "started feeling really hot and sweaty" and began "acting all funny", Mr Hobson, 29, said.
The overall gist of primetime state TV news reports is that Amesbury poisoning could be a ploy to tarnish Russia's image in the West, particularly at a time when - they argue - it has been boosted by its hosting of the World Cup.
Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the March incident and suggested the British security services had carried out that attack to stoke anti-Moscow hysteria.
The Metropolitan Police force said this morning that "following further tests of samples from the patients, we now know that they were exposed to the nerve agent after handling a contaminated item".
The Skripals eventually recovered after treatment, but not before the British government lead the charge for a major diplomatic pushback against Russian Federation for orchestrating the attack-something Moscow continues to deny.
Britain has said the type of nerve agent used in the Skripal attack was developed by the Soviet Union and could only have been produced by a state agency. "They are the ones who could fill in all the clues to keep people safe". The people affected are not officially named by police, who still believe they have fallen victim to a contaminated batch of drugs - "possibly heroin or crack cocaine". It is just a short walk from where the Skripals were found collapsed on a bench.