Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was given a briefing by the National Security Council and Health Ministry and the trend showed new Covid-19 positive cases had spiked.
"The trend is expected to continue for a while before we can see the number of new cases reported decline.
"The government is of the opinion that the movement control order should continue.
"In line with this, the Government have decided to extend the MCO until April 14. I am informing you on the extension earlier so that the people can be prepared," he said
Muhyiddin said it was important to stop Covid-19 infections and the strategy can be a success if the people are not exposed to the virus through daily interactions.
As at 1pm today, 172 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported, bringing the cumulative cases to 1,796.
The Prime Minister noted that in the past week alone, 673 new cases were reported.
"The public must be mentally and physically prepared to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time," he said.
The Prime Minister said those who had left for their respective hometowns need not rush back to Kuala Lumpur or other cities at the end of this week.
Students who are scheduled to return to hostels also need not do so and offices that are closed need not resume operation.
"Please stay calm and don't panic. Even though we have extended the movement control order (MCO), you don't have to unnecessarily stock up on food because the supply is sufficient. I assure you that there is enough food for everybody.
"I know you feel burdened but I don't have a choice. I have to extend the MCO for your own safety," he said.