Monday’s power outage at the Nicosia general hospital was caused by a cable being cut during construction work being carried out outside, State Health Services (Okypy) spokesman Charalambos Charilaou said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Charilaou said the damage done to the cable would be “permanently repaired” on Wednesday upon the arrival of the replacement part.

He added that when the cable was cut, “the alternative plan worked immediately.”

“The generators kicked in and at the same time, an alternative route of electricity was made to the hospital where the operating theatres and the intensive care unit continued their operations,” he said.

He added that the only parts of the hospital to be left without power for an hour were “non-essential departments”, including the outpatient clinics and the pharmacy.

He said this had been done to “not put any further load on the generator”.

“Everything went smoothly. No one’s life was in danger,” he said.