Deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Jonathan Athow said: "The recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has led to the biggest fall in quarterly GDP on record".
The UK has entered a recession for the first time in 11 years.
As GDP had already declined by 2 percent in the first quarter, Germany's economy met the definition of a recession: two consecutive quarters of contracting GDP.
Pay fell by the most in more than 10 years in the April-June period, down 1.2%, reflecting how workers on the job retention scheme receive 80% of their pay.
Though the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the economy had recovered slightly in June as Government restrictions on movement began to loosen, the overall slump marks the UK's first technical recession - defined as two back-to-back quarters of economic decline - since 2009.
"I've said before that hard times were ahead, and today's figures confirm that hard times are here", said Treasury chief Rishi Sunak.
The UK - which has the highest death toll in Europe from the coronavirus - appears to be paying a heavier price for locking down later than its continental neighbours.
Sunak, as well as some economists, said Britain's greater reliance on consumer-facing services businesses - many of which were completely shut in the lockdown - also explained why the economy suffered more than its peers.
Samuel Tombs, at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said "the United Kingdom economy has underperformed its peers to an extraordinary degree", though much of this is down to the economy's reliance on the hard-hit services sector.
The ONS figures revealed that accommodation bookings in June 2020 were 92.2 per cent down on February of this year, while food and beverage services sales plummeted 83.4 per cent compared to the same month, despite slow signs of growth in June.
The expert warned, however, that the forecasts indicate the GDP in June remains well below the figure shown last February, before the start of the pandemic, which, according to the ONS reported the day before, caused the loss of 220 thousand jobs between April and May. Recent months have shown how vulnerable cinemas, theaters and productions are to public health restrictions and the effects of social distancing.
To help the economy recover, the Bank of England is pumping out hundreds of billions of pounds in cash stimulus and has slashed its main interest rate to a record-low 0.1 percent.
"The economy began to bounce back in June".
Separate tax data for July showed that the number of staff on company payrolls had fallen by 730,000 since March, sounding the alarm about a potentially much bigger rise in joblessness.
China, the world's second-largest economy, may have been where the novel coronavirus originated, but thanks to strict lockdown measures it was able to largely halt the spread of the virus and reopen factories, thus avoiding a recession.
It estimates that UK GDP will rebound in 2021 by 9 per cent.