TBS and Fuji TV reported at noon that the GOJ is considering not requiring people identified as close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in workplaces to refrain from reporting for work. The networks said the Health Ministry has been calling on business operators to investigate whether there are any close contacts when one of their employees tests positive for the virus and requiring them to self-quarantine for seven days in principle. However, due to the spread of Omicron, an increasing number of people identified as close contacts have had to refrain from reporting to work and this has been disrupting business operations. The government is reportedly considering the new measure in order to maintain social activities. TBS said the Health Ministry is planning to notify local municipalities of its new policy in the near future.