Christchurch shootings: Police lift lockdown on hospital after security scare

New Zealand is on high security alert following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, on March 15.
New Zealand is on high security alert following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, on March 15.PHOTO: AFP

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand police lifted a lockdown at a hospital in the Hawke's Bay area on Saturday (March 16) after checking out a reported security scare and establishing that there was no threat.

"Following extensive enquiries at the hospital and in the surrounding areas, it has been determined there is no threat to hospital staff or the public," police said in a statement.

New Zealand is on high security alert following a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday, in which 49 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded.