4 members of the Willow Creek Summit have coronavirus

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The Willow Creek Leadership Summit in Germany ended a day earlier after it was confirmed that a speaker had coronavirus.(Photo: Facebook / Willow Creek Germany)

Four people who participated in the Willow Creek Leadership Summit in Germany last month have now been confirmed to have coronavirus.

The summit in Karlsruhe had to end a day earlier than planned after a nameless speaker had diagnosed the virus that had spread to Europe.

The three-day meeting was scheduled to end on February 29, but the organizers decided to cancel the rest of the event on February 28.

At that time, the organizers said that the speaker had never attended the summit at this time and that the conference would be closed as a precaution.

Another three people associated with the summit have since been diagnosed with the virus, reports the Idea news agency in Germany.

Karl-Heinz Zimmer, head of Willow Creek Germany, told Idea that 22 speakers and staff attended a dinner before the summit, including a German pastor who later tested positive for corona virus.

After diagnosis, dinner participants were quarantined for 14 days. Zimmer said that not all people in quarantine had been tested because the response from German health authorities was different.

However, he said that those who have been confirmed to be infected have "only mild symptoms".

Last week conference speaker Craig Groeschel and his co-pastor from Life.Church, Oklahoma, Bobby Gruenewald went into self-isolation on their way back to the United States after learning about the infection.

Lothar Krauss, pastor of the church in the brewery in Gifhorn, Lower Saxony, and board member of Willow Creek Germany, also went into quarantine.

He said to Idea that it was important not to give in to panic. In a call to rest, he urged Christians "above all to trust God, to whom all power belongs – even in the midst of the coronavirus panic".

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