Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition after being poisoned with nerve agent

Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and "improving rapidly" after collapsing from nerve agent poisoning last month.

He and his daughter Yulia collapsed in Salisbury, southern England, on March 4 after being poisoned with the military-grade Novichok nerve agent. They were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were in critical condition.

Yulia's condition improved from critical to stable last week and said in a statement on Thursdaythat her strength was "growing daily."

Dr Christine Blanshard, Medical Director at Salisbury District Hospital said in a Friday statement:

"Last Thursday, I informed you that Yulia Skripal's condition had improved to stable. As Yulia herself says, her strength is growing daily and she can look forward to the day when she is well enough to leave the hospital.

"Any speculation on when that date will be is just that - speculation. In the meantime, Yulia has asked for privacy while she continues to get better - something I'd like to urge the media to respect.

"I also want to update you on the condition of her father, Sergei Skripal. He is responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition.

"As you'll appreciate, I won't be giving any further updates at this time."

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