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Today is the 30th of September 2021.

Since the 3rd of January 2020, South Korea has reported 2,481 deaths as a result of covid-19 and a total 311,289 confirmed cases (source). The test positivity rate is currently 2.3%. The current population of South Korea is estimated at 51,324,162 (source). As of today, 1 in 20,686 residents of South Korea has died of covid-19 in the last 636 days.

Since the 21st of March 2020, Slovenia has reported 4,561 deaths as a result of covid-19 and a 293,364 confirmed cases (source). The positivity rate is currently 17.9%. The current population of Slovenia is estimated at 2,079,294 (source). As of today, 1 in 455 residents of Slovenia has died of covid-19 in the last 558 days.

The ratio of 455 to 20,686 is roughly 1:45,46. Adjusted for the local epidemic durations the ratio is roughly 1:51,81. However, pretending we can use this level of accuracy with this data at this time is silly—we can round it off to a ratio of 1:50 and be reasonably sure that we are in the right ballpark.

Over the duration of their respective pandemics, Slovenia’s death rate from covid-19 has been 50 times greater than South Korea’s.

The Slovenian SDS-led government took power in March 2020 after the previous LMŠ-led government collapsed not least because they claimed they were the only ones who could successfully lead the Republic of Slovenia through the pandemic.

By the measure of deaths, Slovenia’s performance has been 50 times worse.

Has the Slovenian SDS-led government been successful in leading the Republic of Slovenia through the pandemic?

A different data point tracking the health of the economy. 2020 GDP growth (annual %) based on World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files (source).

In 2020 South Korea’s GDP fell by 0.958%.

In 2020 Slovenia’s GDP fell by 5.532%.

The decline in Slovenia’s GDP was roughly five times greater than South Koreas.

Has the Slovenian SDS-led government been successful in protecting the Slovenian economy—though it, unfortunately, seems to have had to sacrifice a few (1 in 455) citizens for the good of said economy?

I couldn’t possibly say.

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