LONDON, July 11. /TASS/. Condition of the 45-year-old Charles Rowley, who suffered a presumed chemical poisoning in the town of Amesbury at the end of last month and is getting treatment at the district hospital in Salisbury, has improved notably and is not critical anymore, Laura Wilkinson, director of nursing at the hospital said.
"Following my update yesterday, I’m delighted to be able to tell you that Charlie Rowley has made further progress overnight," Press Association news agency quoted her. "He is no longer in a critical condition."
"His condition is now serious, but stable," Ms. Wilkinson said. "Our staff will continue to work hard to provide the care that Charlie needs. Charlie still has some way to go to recover, but the progress we’ve seen so far gives us cause for optimism."
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Reports said earlier on Wednesday that the British investigators had already interviewed Rowley. According to the Press Association, the focus of their interest is to establish where the basin with the chemical, which Rowley had supposedly taken in his hands, might have been dumped. The police have not found it so far.
Rowley and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, 44, were taken to hospital in Amesbury in a critical condition on June 30. Scotland Yard said on July 8 Sturgess had died and the investigators had instituted a criminal case citing murder.
In the meantime, Rowley came around on Tuesday.
Metropolitan Police antiterrorist unit that is conducting the investigation came up with claims earlier Rowley and Sturgess had been exposed to the impact of Novichok the same nerve agent that had ostensibly been used in early March in the poisoning of the former Russian intelligence officer and British spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
In the Skripals case, the UK authorities apportioned blame for the incident to Moscow. Russia has persistently rejected the allegations of involvement in the Salisbury incident.